by Holly Glen Gearhart
Senior Services of Snohomish County is presenting a free workshop on managing chronic pain. It will be held at ECSC, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe. The workshop runs six consecutive Tuesdays from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
The workshop was developed by the Patient Education Department at Stanford University “for people who have a primary or secondary diagnosis of chronic pain…defined as being chronic or long term…[lasting]…for longer than the normal healing time of an injury.”
According to their website, “…chronic pain conditions are: chronic muscular-skeletal pain (such as neck, shoulder, back pain, etc.), Fibromyalgia, whiplash injuries, chronic regional pain syndromes, repetitive strain injury, chronic pelvic pain, post-surgical pain that lasts beyond six months, neuropathic pain (often caused by trauma), or neuralgias (such as post-herpetic pain, and trigeminal neuralgia), and post stroke or central pain. The [techniques] may also benefit those who have conditions such as persistent headache, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, or those who experience severe muscular pain due to conditions such as multiple sclerosis.”
Participants will learn how to improve their quality of their life by reducing stress and adopting new ways to manage frustration with achievable goal-setting, problem-solving and effective communication, among other skills.
Free copies of “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, a complete guide for those living with chronic physical and mental conditions” are available at the workshop. The book is a companion resource to the workshop–there are also audio and ebook versions available from:
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The workshop meets six Tuesdays between April 16th – May 21st from 12:30pm – 3:00pm at the East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe WA 98272.
Space is limited so be sure to register early as registration will be required for admittance. To sign up for the workshop, contact Barb Thomas at 425-265-2283 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family members, friends and caregivers are encouraged to participate.